Monday, March 1, 2021

Doctors denounce breaches of privacy in connection with vaccination


Vaccination against Covid in Belgium

Medispring, a cooperative claiming to represent 2,000 doctors, wrote to Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, as well as Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, party and House presidents, to express concerns about privacy in the workplace. as part of phase 1B vaccination. The letter is published on the Evening Monday website.

This phase concerns people said to be at risk who will be invited to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. To establish the list of these beneficiaries, a database must be created from information from doctors, crossed with data from mutual insurance companies. This system has been the subject of a very critical opinion from the Data Protection Authority (APD).

In its letter to the authorities, Medispring denounces that doctors are placed in a “serious dilemma”. “Either they transmit data of their patients at risk through the system imposed by the state, and they expose themselves to legal proceedings for violation of medical confidentiality or data protection, given the disputed legality of this system or they do not allow their patient at risk to benefit from this preventive treatment which will literally save lives, “points out the cooperative, which refuses to” participate in this subjugation of doctors, flouted in their therapeutic relationship with their patient “.

Medispring pleads for an alternative solution, allowing to respect the medical secrecy, the private life and the free and informed consent of the patients. The cooperative suggests that at-risk patients make appointments on a voluntary and priority basis, with a prescription from the general practitioner. The patient will declare on his honor to be at risk and will have a medical prescription on the day of his vaccination. This data will then be deleted.

Author: 7sur7.be – 7sur7.be



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